Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite! is a cute “first read” about beetles and insects. Ashley Spires created a simple, but also includes information, fiction story. The fiction/story aspect allows it to not be an “all-encompassing fact filled book” that bogs you down. It just tells you a story as they introduce the different creatures in the book. The story is about the talents the characters have, that we all have, that might not seem great at first, but there is a place for them at the right time. Of course, there is kid humor, but it does not go into gross or into “not parent friendly” territory. It is clever, thoughtful, and there to move the story onto the fun, silly and educational ending.
The illustrations are simplistic. There are details but in a basic format allowing the text to be center and not bog down the page with extra stuff. By allowing you to focus on the text, yet also have images that help you understand the story, you can start to transition from the story that is moved by art more than text. At the same time, not completely being overwhelmed by only text. The colors are also minimalistic, and again, allow for focus on the text and the reading of the story.
Everything about the book is friendly to the eye of the younger reader. All ages can enjoy, first as a quick read to, followed by as a with a little help for reader to finally a solo read.